What You Can Do to Relieve Your Preschooler’s Separation Anxiety

Naturally, your child feels safe and comfortedbeing with you. When it is time to go to preschool, your child may experience separation anxiety. This is particularly likely if your child has not been separated from you before for long periods of time multiple days a week. You can make the transition smooth by doing the following:

  • If extended separation is unfamiliar, get your child used to it by leaving him or her with a trusted adult and progressively increasing the time and frequency.
  • Do preschool activities together to introduce the fun things he or she will experience in school and to build up excitement.
  • Take your child in advance to meet the teachers and tour the facility.
  • Once it’s time to drop off your child, use uplifting language. Saying not to worry or be upset is not reassuring, but rather reinforces those feelings. Focus on the fun of preschool instead to reignite excitement, such as “Have fun coloring! I would love to see your picture when I pick you up.”
  • Give your child a special trinket, like a charm bracelet or backpack keychain, to serve as a comforting connection to you while you’re away.
  • Don’t force your child if he or she is not ready. Some children just need more time before they are emotionally prepared to leave their parents, and that’s okay.

Separation anxiety is a normal phase most children go through sometime in their lives. You can make it less challenging and empowering for your child so he or she can handle the next stage in life with confidence. To learn more about relieving your preschools in Cary, visit this website.

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